4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour

Explore some of the most rugged and dramatic landscapes that Scotland has to offer with a full four day tour from Inverness to the Hebridean Isle of Lewis, Isle of Harris and Isle of Skye along with the West Highlands.

Day 1 - An early start from Inverness to the coastal village of Ullapool where we board the ferry for a 2½ hour journey across the Minch to the Isle of Lewis and its main town of Stornoway (my native town). From there we spend the afternoon exploring the magnificent Neolithic Callanish Standing Stones, the 2000 year old Dun Carloway Broch and a traditional Hebridean blackhouse. We finish the day at the beautiful Atlantic coastal beach of Dalbeg before our return to Stornoway for our overnight stay.

Day 2 - Departing from Stornoway we head south to the Isle of Harris. The drive along the atlantic coastline of Harris includes the stunning beach at Luskentyre. We visit Rodel to explore the beautiful medieval St Clement’s church, home to one of Scotland's most remarkable 16th century tombs. The late afternoon takes us back to Tarbert (home of Harris Tweed and Isle of Harris distillery) for a 1¾ hour ferry journey across to the Isle of Skye. Arriving in Uig it is just a short drive to Portree for our overnight stay.

Day 3 - A full day exploring the Isle of Skye begins with the Trotternish peninsula for stunning views of the Old Man of Storr and Kilt Rock before we drive up the old cattle pass to the experience the breath-taking views from the Quiraing. We then journey to Dunvegan Castle, home of the Clan MacLeod for a great look back at the history of one of the Hebrides most powerful clans. Our day ends with a gentle hike along the shoreline of Loch Dunvegan as we visit the 'Coral' Beach (or a tour and tastings at Talisker Distillery).

Day 4 - Leaving Portree we journey to the Sleat Peninsula where we take a 40 minute ferry from Armadale to Mallaig in the West Highlands. We follow the ‘Road to the Isles’ to Glenfinnan with its historic Jacobite monument and Victorian viaduct. We visit the ruins of the 800 year old Inverlochy Castle before begining our return journey to Inverness along the Great Glen. Along the way we stop at Fort Augustus to view the locks and the Caledonian Canal at Loch Ness.

What to expect on a 4 Day Outer Hebrides, Isle of Skye and Highland Glens Tour...


Callanish Standing Stones

Dun Carloway Broch

Lewis Blackhouse

St Clement's Church


Old Man of Storr

Kilt Rock

The Quiraing

Dunvegan Castle

Coral Beach

Black Cuillin


Glenfinnan Viaduct

Inverlochy Castle

I can promise our tour will include nearly all the wonderful views shown in the video above... but maybe not the weather!

Tour Option - Take the Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William
The Jacobite Stream Train runs along the stunning West Highland Line and crosses the Glenfinnan Viaduct. You can book a single journey (for Day 4 of our tour) and join the 1410 Jacobite Steam Train from Mallaig to Fort William (subject to availability) while I follow along by road and pick you up at Fort William Train Station where we continue back to Inverness along the Great Glen including Inverlochy Castle and Fort Augustus.

Availability and Notes

  Monday 22nd April to Friday 25th October 2019 (Weekdays).

  Saturday 4th May to Sunday 29th September 2019 (Weekends).

  The Hebridean Explorer does not purchase tickets for The Jacobite Steam Train - these must be purchased in advance by your group through www.westcoastrailways.co.uk.

  The Hebridean Explorer has no affiliation with The Jacobite Steam Train and is not responsible for any delays, changes or cancellations that may occur with The Jacobite Steam Train, and any extra costs that clients may incur.

Private Tour Price (per tour)

May to September:    £2150

Tour Information

Depart Inverness 7.30am
Return Inverness
(4 Days)

This tour is only available on Tuesday or Thursday start days from Inverness.

Tours are exclusively for your private group only (up to 3 persons) and prices are per tour. We only offer private tours and do not combine individuals or separate groups - if your group size is less than 3 the advertised tour price still applies. Prices include all taxes, ferry tickets and a driver/guide (John Alasdair Macdonald) but exclude your accommodation costs, entrance fees and meals.

Accommodation Options
We recommend that you book accommodation in Stornoway (Day 1) and Portree (Day 2 and 3) to make the most of your trip. Whilst we do not book accommodation for you we are happy to help with advice on where to stay and eat in Stornoway and Portree.

Tours in April and October
Generally we only offer this tour between May and September when ferry sailings are least likely to be disrupted by weather. However, should you be interested in travel in April or October and have a flexible schedule that can adapt to possible ferry delays or cancellations and itinerary changes then please contact us and we can discuss tour options.

Ferry Sailings
Ferry sailings are generally very reliable in the summer months, but delays can very occasionally occur. While we cannot be responsible for any extra accommodation, food or other costs that clients may incur due to ferry delays and cancellations, we will make every effort to adapt the tour to minimise disruption. Please note that no refunds will be given for tour and itinerary changes due to ferry changes and cancellations.